MPA Alumnus Named New Head of Louisiana Gaming Control Board

This press release originally appeared on the Office of the Governor's website on June 3, 2020.

July 7, 2020

BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Lieutenant Colonel Mike Noel will be appointed as the new chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. LTC Noel, who will retire from State Police, will replace Ronnie Jones who has served since 2013.

LTC Noel has been with Louisiana State Police for over 30 years. In June 2017, he was named assistant superintendent/chief of staff by State Police Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves. In that role, LTC Noel was responsible for carrying out the executive level responsibilities and day-to-day operations of the Louisiana State Police overseeing 1,700 employees and a budget in excess of $300 million.

“I’m pleased that LTC Noel has accepted the position to head the Gaming Control Board. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and has served the state well during his tenure with State Police, which is why I have no doubt he will do the same in this new role,” said Gov. Edwards. “I look forward to working with him and continuing to build on the successes of former Chairman Jones and strengthening our relationship with the gaming industry.”

“I am humbled and appreciative of Governor Edwards for having the confidence in me to be successful in this appointment,” said LTC Noel. “I have spent my entire professional life in public service and I am excited to continue that service as chairman of the Gaming Control Board. I look forward to building upon the success of Chairman Jones’ tenure by continuing to work with the Board, elected officials, industry representatives and the public to promote economic development and ensure the integrity of gaming in Louisiana.”

Prior to being appointed to assistant superintendent, LTC Noel served as the command inspector of the Gaming Enforcement Division. LTC Noel served and gained experience for over 17 years in that section where he worked to fulfill the agencies statutory responsibilities regulating Louisiana's 3-billion-dollar gaming industry. Additionally, LTC Noel served on the Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force in 2016 - 2017. As a senior member of the Department, LTC Noel participated in the leadership development courses as an instructor helping to facilitate leadership skills to other members of the agency.

LTC Noel is a graduate of LSU with a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice and a Master's Degree in public administration. He is the recipient of numerous commendations and awards, including the Professional Excellence Award and Meritorious Service Award.

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